Students majoring in political science will confront and reflect on some of the enduring questions and struggles surrounding political life. Students will also gain an understanding of the institutions and the nature of American politics. The major emphasizes the increasing international dimensions of politics, which are unavoidable as we enter the 21st century.
The Political Science Program at Flagler College is dedicated to providing students with the knowledge and analytical skills necessary for them to rise to the challenges of responsible citizenship and effective leadership in both a diverse society and a global community.
Through discovering and learning the concepts and theories of political science, students will be provided with the necessary tools to integrate new facts into their own worldviews; to reflect upon themselves in relationship to others; to take risks, to participate actively in political life and to accept responsibility for their actions. Students graduating from this program will be equipped not only with the knowledge required to live and work in an increasingly interdependent global community, but also with the skills – verbal, written and technological – that will empower them to succeed in the workplace, graduate school and the professions.
Students majoring in political science must complete a total of 48 hours, including 36 hours of required courses and 12 hours of elective courses. The following courses are required: POS 200, POS 203, POS 204, POS 221, POS 301, POS 331, POS 332, POS 470, GEO 201, REL 211, ECO 201, and one elective in economics.
Of the additional 12 elective hours, 6 hours must be political science courses at the 400-level and 6 hours must be courses with an international focus. In addition to the appropriate POS international courses, ECO 331, SOC 402, LAS 201, LAS 202, LAS 335 and LAS 337 are acceptable to meet this six hour requirement. Also, all political science majors are required to take MAT 223 - Statistics, to fulfill a part of the mathematics component of the general education requirements.
Students minoring in political science must take at least 18 semester hours of credit in political science courses, excluding internship hours.